Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUMs)
January 22, 2014 Update:
I just went to a Coronado National Forest meeting on their Draft Forest Plan and found out they have MVUMs published on their website and available at their district offices. Although they stated that these have been around for a number of years, this is the first time I've seen them on their website and have talked to people at the offices that knew about them.
Coronado National Forest Page Regarding Forest Plan
I understand that the Travel Management Plan (including the MVUMs) are going through proposed changes and they will be up for public comment this year (hopefully). I am planning on meeting one-on-one with the Forest Service to see if I can get additional (and clear) information to provide you with. I will also be updating the below references to include links to their MVUMS. Some of the data below is outdated.
The National Forest service is transitioning to use Motor Vehicle Use Maps or MVUMs as their standard for showing which trails are open and which are closed.
Those in which this has been completed provide these maps on their website. They are not going to put signs up or otherwise physically identify which roads are open or closed. If a road is not shown as being open on the MVUM, it is considered closed. It is their contention that the user is responsible for downloading and understanding the MVUM.
According to the Forest Service, "The MVUM is the legal document that shows where it is legal to drive a motor vehicle. Having an MVUM is as necessary for motorized travel as having game proclamations when going hunting.
Although other travel aids or more detailed maps may be used in conjunction with the MVUM, it is the MVUM itself which is the reference document for where it is legal to drive a motor vehicle.
The MVUM is re-published every year, so, please be sure that you are using the most current version when driving on the National Forest."
The Coronado, Apache/Sitgreaves and Tonto National Forests don't appear to have a MVUM published yet, but there are maps of the proposed closures and changes to camping, etc.
Apache and Sitgreaves National Forest
Coronado National Forest
Tonto National Forest
The Coconino, Prescott and Kaibab National Forests are the only ones that I know that have completed a MVUM.
Coconino National Forest MVUMs
Kaibab National Forest MVUMs
Prescott National Forest
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